Hip Hip Hooray for apple season! I am loving all of the varieties of apples that are at the farmers markets and stores. Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonigold, Golden Delicious…and the list goes on. I love them all!
Basil is my all-time favorite herb and I am so excited it is in season. There is nothing like fresh basil!
There are several species of basil, but the most common is sweet basil. It is often used for caprese salad, pesto, tomato sauces, and to liven up Italian dishes.
To harvest fresh basil, clip the stem where it extends from a two-leaf joint. A new stem and leaf will grow from this point. Continuing to clip and use the basil while it is young and tender keeps the leaves and stems from maturing and forming buds and blooms. If the plant flowers, the basil will have a slightly bitter taste so try to keep basil plants trimmed!
If you harvest more than you can use, you can place the basil in a jar of water and store it on the counter for a few days. You can also freeze basil! To prevent the basil from wilting and turning brown, blanch the basil first. Chill and pat the basil dry and put the leaves in a blender or food processor and puree, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to make a smooth paste. Freeze the basil in ice cube trays for easy use! You can also make batches of pesto to freeze.
If you are looking for ways to use up your summer basil, here are a few of my favorite basil recipes!
- Spinach Basil Pesto
- Cheese Ravioli with Lemon Basil Butter Sauce
- Grilled Peach, Brie, and Basil Sandwich
- Caprese Garlic Bread
- Pesto Guacamole
- Edamame Basil Hummus
- Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
- Easy Summer Pasta Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado, and Lemon Basil Dressing
- Strawberry Basil Sorbet
As the temperatures rise and summer feels here to stay for at least another six weeks, let’s talk about more drinks! This time a deliciously tart pomegranate lime punch. Refreshing on it’s own or grouped with other non-alcoholic, warm weather drinks like black currant punch or a tropical refresher. Continue reading “Pomegranate Lime Punch” »
I love to make special, non-alcoholic drinks for friends and family; not having a mini bar should not mean you are destined only to a glass of water all evening! Start with pretty bottles (I purchased mine at IKEA; they are pictured above) and good ingredients and you’ll be on your way to a delightful evening. Since black currant juice is a beautiful, deep color and boasts a tartness that cannot be beat, it’s a great base to this simple, but delicious drink. Please note that each of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s. Enjoy!
Avocados are in season and I can’t stop eating them! They are so good right now! If you are looking for new avocado recipes to make this summer, give these 12 must make avocado recipes a try. They are all winners!
It is heating up outside and that means it is cooling down in our kitchen. I don’t like to turn the oven on during the hot summer months, but I still enjoy making delicious desserts. Today I am sharing 15 No-Bake Desserts that are perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the house to enjoy these tasty treats! Make one or make them all! Enjoy!
Every time I make pancakes, I am blown away at how many pancakes my kids can pack down! Unless they consume no less than 8 pancakes, they find themselves hungry. So this type of mealtime mayhem motivated me to come up with a made-from-scratch buttermilk pancake recipe that satisfied our family of six. Also, I highly recommend using King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat Flour. They will never ever suspect it’s anything but plain, white, all-purpose flour!
The temperatures are finally heating up, and there is nothing I like more when it’s hot outside than a nice, crisp salad, filled with fruit and flavor. This Strawberry Blue Cheese Salad has been a recent favorite that I can’t get enough of. It’s topped with a simple raspberry vinaigrette that is a favorite and the combination of flavors is outstanding!!
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One of our favorite side dishes are Honey Mustard Roasted Potatoes. They go great with just about any meal! They are super easy to make too! We like to use red potatoes, but you can use your favorite potato. We toss chopped potatoes in the honey mustard sauce and roast until they are tender and slightly crispy. I love extra crispy potatoes so sometimes I will leave them in a little longer.
If you are looking for an easy side dish recipe, give our Honey Mustard Potatoes a try!
I am a citrus girl, so whenever I have the opportunity to make something with citrus flavors, I’m all over it. While I usually stick with lemon (my favorite), I decided to go with a different citrus flavor this time – orange.
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